Grateful Dead Live at Onongada County War Memorial on 1976-09-28
This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 20
Cold Rain & Snow, Big River, Bertha, Cassidy, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, It's All Over Now, Friend Of The Devil, Let It Grow-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad Playin' In The Band-> The Wheel-> Samson & Delilah-> Comes A Time-> Drums-> Eyes Of The World-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Playin' In The Band-> E: Johnny B. Goode
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Onongada County War MemorialLocation Syracuse, NYSource SoundboardLineage SBD > ? > SHN > Cool Edit(see notes) > CDWAV > mkwact(seekable). shn encoding and patching (unkown FOB aud)by Matt Vernon
Source: SBD > ? > SHN > Cool Edit(see notes) > CDWAV > mkwact(seekable). shn encoding and patching (unkown FOB aud)by Matt Vernon
January 31, 2016
5th of 8 shows here ('71-'82) before the Carrier Dome opened. Most of the show was officially released on Dick's v.20 (which leaves off Bertha and has edits of a few others). Starting in '76 East Coast tours were notably tighter and uptempo through the end of the Keith & Donna era. This is an example of the phenomenon.
First Set. Takes off with Big River. Check Billy on the crash - kind of wild in that perfect way. The smoking Bertha is missing from DP20 and no complete SBD exists. Bobby starts dancing around the "1" with the rhythm. Better than the one on DP (25th). Cassidy is short, brisk. Listen to how well Bobby approaches the vox while on rhythm for Minglewood, sending Jer hella-active. Candyman is solid enough and for It's All Over Now Jer takes an extra (and it's also better than the one on DP - not absolute fire, but solid). Let It Grow is more inspired near the end. They start an unusual Johnny Cash-like riff mixed with a FotD reprise, which quickly resolves to an ace Goin' Down the Road. Crosshatched with riffs, the band struggles to a stop with half trying to segue.
Second Set. Playin' just ain't working at all. Where the soundboard ends (45 seconds from the end), DP20 crossfades to The Wheel (also not working right) with a drumloop patch of the same passage from 10/1. They get back on track for Samson ("Could be the last time") and it's one for the ages - maybe a best-of-'76. Oddly there's a full stop before the final coda, and then they just sort of randomly (surely just seemingly) launch into this noodly jam. That's the Dead magic, right there. It kicks butt over, say, the Watkins jam, if you ask me. Comes a Time was better with Donna. There were only 6 in '76 (but 6/12 is best). Drums were sometimes pointless in '76. The show is so uptempo that when they take off like this for Eyes, there's usually no room for Jer or Phil to get in there. Jer use to yell at the drummers, but here he jumps into the deep end of the pool. He does miss some lyrics but not a lick. Imagine! The ensuing jam is called "Orange Tango" on DP20 and it's definitely a tango! Whose idea? Dancing in the Streets is also way uptempo. It's edited on DP20 (@ 2:14, 53 seconds are cut, removing the second verse). The reprise into Playin is fine.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B
Overall = 4 Stars
Bertha - set and show start peaking here and mostly stay that way
Cassidy - tight, compact
New Minglewood Blues - great ensemble playing
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - riffs weaved
Samson & Delilah>Jam - best of '76 contender
Eyes of the World>Jam - Not best of '76 but maybe slot this in the "astonishing" category
Dancing in the Streets>Playin' - great version
SOURCES: The vernon.14355 composites Bertha perfectly along with the rest of the show (with a glitch @ :26 in FotD). Dick's #20 has the show (sans Bertha and complete versions of Playin', Wheel, and Dancing).
September 29, 2013
This release sounds terrible to me. Pretty good show, but the tone is all jangly, sort of jarring and unpleasant. I erased it about 4 months after buying it.